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by Q. Kumber
August 1st, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Interpretation in magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1222

Re: Interpretation in magic

I've never used the term 'interpretation' but I take it to mean, "What am I bringing to this effect that allows me to express something of myself or is unique to me?" Students of classical music can hear different recordings of the same piece and tell the conductor and/or the solo perform...
by Q. Kumber
July 25th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 6088

Re: Multum im Parvo

About six months ago I sold two sets similar to the photo above. These had a back ring around each glass to disguise the obvious. I believe the ones I sold came from Max Andrews' Vampire Magic (1950's).
by Q. Kumber
July 25th, 2020, 5:34 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Fred Kaps passed away 40 years ago today
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Fred Kaps passed away 40 years ago today

Here's a videoclip I hadn't seen before. Not sure where the first part was made but the latter part is at the Amsterdam FISM.
It mostly features Fred Kaps. There's an appearance by Dick Koornwinder at 8:57

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XvlEUz9mGA
by Q. Kumber
July 20th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Larry Jennings New Book?
Replies: 214
Views: 145582

Re: Larry Jennings New Book?

Delighted to see the ad for the book in the August GENII. It will be a Happy Festive season for many.
(The ad says the price hasn't been worked out yet)
by Q. Kumber
July 18th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interpretation in magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1222

Re: Interpretation in magic

I've never used the term 'interpretation' but I take it to mean, "What am I bringing to this effect that allows me to express something of myself or is unique to me?" Students of classical music can hear different recordings of the same piece and tell the conductor and/or the solo performe...
by Q. Kumber
July 16th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: amateurs and professionals
Replies: 14
Views: 2712

Re: amateurs and professionals

"Every professional was once an amateur." Magic is both my profession and hobby making me both a professional and an amateur. While interested since the age of six, the bug really bit at the age of ten when I became a student of the craft. I read everything I could find, developing a know...
by Q. Kumber
July 15th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: amateurs and professionals
Replies: 14
Views: 2712

Re: amateurs and professionals

Billy McComb wrote: "Al (Koran) was always intrigued with card magic and also with my designation of the grey area between the amateur and the professional magician. I dubbed them either Amateur-Amateurs or Amateur-Professionals, and Professional-Amateurs or Professional-Professionals. To eluci...
by Q. Kumber
July 13th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: amateurs and professionals
Replies: 14
Views: 2712

Re: amateurs and professionals

Philippe Billot wrote:And don't forget the so call sentence by David Devant!

See David Britland's article in CARDOPOLIS, may 04, 2017


Thank you Philippe. Excellent article.
by Q. Kumber
July 13th, 2020, 3:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Crossword
Replies: 24
Views: 1679

Re: The Magic Crossword

Though not a crossword, more of a quiz with clues, the first item I turned to every month in Genii (notice the plural) was Max Maven's Inquisition

Any possibility we could have more Inquisitions?
by Q. Kumber
July 10th, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 128
Views: 47626

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Thank you Jonathan. Just to clarify one point. The British Origami Society never had the rights to the Magic Of Robert Harbin. It was always The Magic Circle. The BOS were left Harbin's origami publications. After 25 years it's not surprising that the BOS president, even if he were a lawyer, wouldn'...
by Q. Kumber
July 9th, 2020, 5:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 128
Views: 47626

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Thank you Joe McKay, Joe Lyons, Richard Kaufman, Edwin Corrie and Jack Shalom for your help with my query and Nathan Coe Marsh for starting this thread in the first place. Snippets of information that get contributed on fora like this one will make life easier for future generations of magic histori...
by Q. Kumber
July 7th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 128
Views: 47626

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

Joe Mckay wrote:Well - my magic memory might not be so good after all!

I will post back if I hear anything from another suggestion I am looking into (it is a very left-field candidate - but I am friends with him on Facebook so I may as well check).


Thank you Joe. You could be right.
by Q. Kumber
July 7th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 128
Views: 47626

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

My first thought was Martin Breese. Two things went against that thought. First, why would he make a transatlantic call to England and second, he still did own a small publishing company right up until he passed away. Martin would have wanted to buy the complete rights (as opposed to paying royaltie...
by Q. Kumber
July 7th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin
Replies: 128
Views: 47626

Re: The Fate of The Magic of Robert Harbin

It's a long shot I know. Would anyone know who made the following post (the tenth down from the start of this thread back in 2008). Thank you. Ah yes, the Harbin book and how the Magic Circle came to own the rightsthanks in no small part to me. Some years ago when I owned a small publishing company ...
by Q. Kumber
July 4th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician vs. Gambler
Replies: 17
Views: 2601

Re: Magician vs. Gambler

Finally, I am asking myself a last question. Is "Daley's Travelers" from Close-up Folio #9 the trick explained in Exclusive Card Secrets? There are similarities and differences. The Daley version in Close-up Folio #9 is technically more difficult requiring a simultaneous bottom and one-ha...
by Q. Kumber
June 30th, 2020, 9:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic Conventions
Replies: 17
Views: 1675

Re: The Future of Magic Conventions

At the moment scientists don't know why a significant number of people who are infected show no symptoms and never get sick. The virus is new, and it will take them a while to figure that out. I have come across two theories that might explain that. However they are only theories that are being exp...
by Q. Kumber
June 30th, 2020, 6:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic Conventions
Replies: 17
Views: 1675

Re: The Future of Magic Conventions

The main appeal of magic conventions is to socialise. Seeing the dealers, the lectures and shows are secondary, though occasionally a big name will draw extra delegates.
by Q. Kumber
June 26th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Was Houdini aware of the Centre Tear?
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Re: Was Houdini aware of the Centre Tear?

Last month at our Zoom gathering I mentioned this research to present day members of the Pentacle Club. To my surprise, many were not aware of their Club's CT connection. Sadly this does not surprise me in the least. The knowledge of any kind of magical history in contemporary magicians (of the int...
by Q. Kumber
June 22nd, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 11010

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

I highly recommend David Ben's Penguin Live lecture where you will learn more about excellence in magic than discussing it here.
https://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8486
by Q. Kumber
June 21st, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Distributing Free Links to Copyrighted Material
Replies: 2
Views: 642

Distributing Free Links to Copyrighted Material

Interesting to see how many magicians who regularly complain about illegal copies of magic books are now on Facebook distributing free links to a pdf of John Bolton's book and encouraging people not to buy it.
by Q. Kumber
June 17th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 5095

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Ian Kendall wrote: I fear that most of these people wouldn't know who to ask to proof read their work, In the sentence above, 'who' is the subject of the verb 'to proof read', so that's the correct usage. /grammar geek. Disagree. The core of the sentence is "people wouldn't know who". Sub...
by Q. Kumber
June 17th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 5095

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Even with the best intentions it is, as Richard said, difficult to eliminate all errors. As John Bowden said the content is most important but that does not excuse promiscuous illiteracy and the lack of duty of care to the reader. You expect a magician to have rehearsed his act and I expect an autho...
by Q. Kumber
June 15th, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 5095

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Correct me if I'm wrong but I've always looked on editing as making sure the meaning is clear and flows, proofreading as making sure spelling and punctuation are correct.
by Q. Kumber
June 14th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Brad Henderson's weird home
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Re: Brad Henderson's weird home

What a wonderful idea. I'll see if I can stay up late that night as it starts it 1am on my side of the Atlantic.
by Q. Kumber
June 13th, 2020, 4:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Full video of Teller's Macbeth
Replies: 5
Views: 1346

Re: Full video of Teller's Macbeth

It is an excellent production, inspired me to buy the text to study and watch again.
by Q. Kumber
May 11th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 3250

Re: Frank Garcia Books

Bob Farmer wrote:What's the reference in the Thompson book?


Quadruple Coincidence.
by Q. Kumber
May 11th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 3250

Re: Frank Garcia Books

I have my own quadruple coincidence about Quadruple coincidence. David Britland's Cardopolis column in the October 2017 Genii is about George Engel's Quadruple Coincidence that appeared in Hugard's Magic Monthly, May 1949. I immediately recognised it as Do As I Do -Extra by Dennis Sergeant and Graha...
by Q. Kumber
May 9th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Frank Garcia Books
Replies: 39
Views: 3250

Re: Frank Garcia Books

Francis Carlyle was very upset when Garcia published his Card to Borrowed Envelope and Wallet in Million Dollar Card Secrets (1972) . Garcia on page 32 of the same book describes Three in a Million, and says he has been doing it for thirty years. Dick Koornwinder showed me his copy of that book whic...
by Q. Kumber
May 5th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's the one time I just had to admit defeat
Replies: 12
Views: 1240

Re: Here's the one time I just had to admit defeat

What a great story Jason, one that you can dine out on for years. A friend of mine in Manchester (who I shall call Joe but that's not his real name) was doing a Bar Mitzvah and becoming frustrated as the main boy and his friends kept following him around and giving a running commentary to themselves...
by Q. Kumber
May 2nd, 2020, 4:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude
Replies: 10
Views: 931

Re: The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude

Thank you everyone for the kind comments. I truly appreciate them. To answer a couple of questions/observations. I was directly facing the evening summer sun which resulted in excessive squinting. Traditionally the script is longer with more characters such as the devil, the ghost and the hangman an...
by Q. Kumber
May 1st, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude
Replies: 10
Views: 931

The Lord of Misrule or Punch & Judy in the Nude

Eighteen months ago Tim Bromage, a friend from Cardiff was visiting. He had never seen a Punch & Judy show. With just my hands I performed a short scene for him. He later mentioned it to a gallery director who asked if I would make a video of the show with no puppets and no booth. What I call, “...
by Q. Kumber
April 28th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 3825

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Has anyone worked out how much photographs would have cost back then? And for over one hundred photos? And then have them turned into drawings? A good artist can have a basic sketch made even before a photographer can focus the camera.
by Q. Kumber
April 26th, 2020, 4:52 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Watch" the hell!...
Replies: 15
Views: 1906

Re: "Watch" the hell!...

I do memdeck work and I see this as a curiosity and a money-making toy. Anyone of average intelligence or even Ellusionist customers can be up to speed (not an expert but up to speed) doing 30 minutes a day for a month.
by Q. Kumber
April 23rd, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlie Miller's "Magicana" Book is Coming
Replies: 19
Views: 4664

Re: Charlie Miller's "Magicana" Book is Coming

Christopher1979 wrote:Really looking forward to this book.


Ditto and likewise.
by Q. Kumber
April 17th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ne Plus Ultra Vol. 3
Replies: 8
Views: 1395

Re: Ne Plus Ultra Vol. 3

I asked Magic Christian about this when I lectured in Vienna eighteen months ago. He said all the material he'd been sent on.
by Q. Kumber
April 17th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jay Marshall
Replies: 14
Views: 2242

Re: Jay Marshall

While anything by Karrell Fox is worth having, IMO his three best books are Kornfidentially Yours, Clever Like a Fox, Another Book, the latter two published by Supreme Magic. In 1978 Karrell MC'd the Hastings British Ring Convention Gala Show. Two shows that night (the same one repeated, the early o...
by Q. Kumber
April 14th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Here’s The Church Here’s The Steeple 2.0
Replies: 11
Views: 1583

Re: Here’s The Church Here’s The Steeple 2.0

When he was very young, my nephew, who some of you will know, did this, but accidentally intertwined his fingers above his hands, rather than underneath. So when he 'opened the doors' it was 'WHERE are the people?' He closed up his hands, 'Oh, they're all on the roof.' I never took him to be partic...
by Q. Kumber
April 13th, 2020, 4:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slydini Protege Bill Wisch FREE Live Lecture on Facebook Monday April 13 8PM CST
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: Slydini Protege Bill Wisch FREE Live Lecture on Facebook Monday April 13 8PM CST

Bill, will it be available to view after? Considering it will be in the middle of the night in Europe.
by Q. Kumber
April 11th, 2020, 5:16 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Davenport Collection
Replies: 2
Views: 469

The Davenport Collection

Duncan Trillo's http://www.magicweek.co.uk is updated every Saturday, mostly but not exclusively with UK news. (I'll also add he site also has an active For Sale and Wanted section) This week there's a posting about the Davenport Collection: The Davenport Collection website - a growing resource on m...
by Q. Kumber
April 6th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Age Cards
Replies: 19
Views: 1571

Re: Magic Age Cards

I believe it was an Irv Weiner manuscript where I read that if you place the six cards in a semi-circle on a table and look away, asking helper to remove the cards with their number, when you turn back, with a glance, you can work out which cards are missing.

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